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SM 35/3/44


[44] Design for the entrance hall


Plan of the Hall etc with laid out elevations and details including a sketch of part of a screen (by Soane?)


3/8 inch to 1 foot


John Thomson Esqre / Roehampton, (?) Door to Open in Passage / or Hall, St[ained] Glass, bead, Cy P (chimney piece?) and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (572 x 681)


Attributed to Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808.


A comparison with a survey drawing of the existing ground floor (drawing [22]) shows a smaller rectangular room that Soane re-modelled, initially in a large rectangular form with two screens (drawings [9, 10, 11, 12, 23, 27]). This then became a large oval shaped room (see drawing [35]).



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